The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has issued Port Marine Circular No. 3 of 2002 announcing that masters who wish to apply for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate will be required, as of 1 April 2002, to attend and successfully complete the Pilotage Exemption Course conducted at the MPA's Integrated Simulator Centre. This is a 5-hour course conducted on a Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator (FMSS).

With effect from 01 April 2002, current holders of the Pilotage Exemption Certificates will also be required to attend and successfully complete a 2.5-hour Pilotage Exemption (Refresher) Course for the renewal of their certificates.

The Port Marine Circular can be viewed on the MPA web site

Contact: Howard Snaith,